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Football: Silence sometimes is golden; BARCLAYS PREMIERSHIP LIVERPOOL v ASTON VILLA, TODAY, 3PM VIEW FROM THE STANDS FANS FORUM.

Byline: BY ANDY PROUDFOOT

GREAT isn't it? You wait two years for even a peep out of the board about trivial issues such as obtaining new investment and building a new stadium, and then, when one of them does open his mouth, it's to slag off the manager who has delivered the Champions League and the FA Cup in his first two seasons.

I think we can safely assume that it's not Rick Parry or David Moores who blabbed to a national newspaper yesterday, neither being exactly Martin Luther King when it comes to communication, but we could do without whoever it is fuelling yet further media frenzy over Rotating Rafa.

Sure, there's been no shortage of fans queuing up to question the manager's selections, but that's our role: we pay our money, we get to have our say. It's another thing for one of the board, the people who employ the manager, to go public, albeit anonymously, and call his judgement into question.

As the fantastic attendance on Wednesday showed, when we're under attack, we might moan, but we circle the wagons and pull together. Breaking ranks like this relegates us to the realm of mortal clubs' we just don't do it.

Whether this will have any effect on this afternoon's game remains to be seen. The fixture list has not been kind to Liverpool so far and who would have thought two months ago that Aston Villa would be offering anything other than a comfortable three points today?

Instead they're unbeaten and have already achieved creditable draws at Arsenal and Chelsea. Martin O'Neill has organised them well and focused on making them hard to beat' the hallmark of any good manager taking over a basket case.

So our choice of forwards will be crucial today. Crouch and Kuyt will probably start, but I hope someone has told Rafa that Robbie loves playing against Villa. A flashing Fowler drive into the Kop net' now that's the sort of publicity we want.

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Date:Oct 28, 2006
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